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PETA To Make A Killing Off Dentist-Slaying Lion Costume? 28.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer has been chewed out since he killed Cecil the Lion  in in Zimbabwe in July. Now animal-rights group PETA has turned it into their own big game with a Halloween costume that depicts  a dentist getting attacked and eaten by the king of the jungle. The costume, called "Cecil's Revenge," sells for $139,99 and includes a bloody lab jacket with a stuffed lion pouncing on the back, according to a press release. Customers can add to the effect by accessorizing with their own toothbrush, dental drill or bow and arrow. "As animals continue to die in agony at the hands of trophy hunters, it's only fitting for people to make fun of Palmer for his illegal, violent pursuit," People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals president Ingrid Newkirk said in the release. The carnivorous costume is a fundraiser for the organization. A few days ago, Costumeish.com, a southern California-based costume company revealed it's selling   an outfit depicting Palmer killing Cecil.  Newkirk approves of ...
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Bears Run Free After 20 Years In Tiny Cages 25.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Forced to perform tricks and kept in tiny cages, four bears spent years languishing in a roadside zoo in Pennsylvania. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Ali Dawabsheh, Cecil the Lion and the Biopolitics of Animal Life 13.8.2015 Truthout.com
The firebombing death of a toddler by right-wing Israeli terrorists was upstaged in the news and in international outrage by the senseless killing of Cecil the lion. Do people value animal life more than human life, and if so, what has caused this shift in moral compass?   Cecil the Hwange Lion, whose killing has arguably been more widely publicized and condemned than that of Ali Dawabsheh, an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler. (Photo: Paula French / Shutterstock) Subscribe to Truthout's daily newsletter and never miss another story. You'll get our top headlines of the day and more, delivered right to your inbox! How is it that outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion has spread so far, and yet many people in the United States have still not heard the name of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was burned to death on July 31? Dawabsheh was burned alive when a group of arsonists - widely understood to be right-wing Israeli terrorists - firebombed two Palestinian homes with Molotov ...
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Repulsed by Animal Cruelty, Attendance (and Profits) at SeaWorld Plummet 8.8.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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In Victory for Animals and Their Defenders, Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law 4.8.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Farm Sanctuary: A Haven From the Animal Holocaust 3.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Here's Why Walter Palmer Keeps Saying He 'Took' Cecil The Lion 1.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
George Orwell once wrote that political language “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.” The same could be said of the language of the hunter:  I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt ... I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion. The words come from Walter Palmer, arguably the world's most infamous dentist. He sent them to patients in a two-pronged letter. In it, he apologizes for his murder of Cecil the Lion -- a beloved African male with a black mane and scientific significance -- and for the “disruption” the illegal kill caused Palmer’s now shuttered Minnesota practice, River Bluff Dental. Critics point out his words ring as more contrite about the latter crisis  than the former. What some are calling Palmer’s non-apology  for the death of Cecil uses the obtuse and passive wordplay characteristic of the ...
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From "Terrorism" to Activism: Moving from the Green Scare to Animal Rights 31.7.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Je Suis Godzilla! Really? 31.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I am sure I will get angry missives from animal lovers, including PETA and people who never connect with human beings and are found dead in their homes with 27 kittens. Symbolism has gone haywire and the killing of the lion in Africa confirms that. Last week, Gov. Mike Huckabee got in trouble for what many, including myself, felt was a blatantly wrong reference to the Holocaust and trivial use of one of the most horrendous events in mankind's history. There was a time when a ribbon symbolized our support for a cause. Maybe it began with Tony Orlando and Dawn ('Tie a Yellow Ribbon") and then advanced with breast cancer awareness. Now, everybody has a ribbon. There was a great little movie produced by Ted Turner called "Amazing Grace and Chuck," about a young Midwestern boy who refused to speak unless the major powers disarmed and was soon joined by kids around the world. Again, symbolism at its best. Well, this week, after a Minnesota dentist was crucified on the Internet for the killing of a beloved ...
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Dylann Roof Is Not a “Terrorist” — But Animal Rights Activists Who Free Minks From Slaughter Are 29.7.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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OUTRAGEOUS! Animal Rights Activists Prosecuted As 'Terrorists' 29.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The FBI on Friday announced the arrests in Oakland of two animal rights activists, Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, and accused the pair of engaging in “domestic terrorism.” This comes less than a month after the FBI director said he does not consider Charleston Church murderer Dylann Roof a “terrorist.” The activists’ alleged crimes: “They released thousands of minks from farms around the country and vandalized various properties.” That’s it. Now they’re being prosecuted and explicitly vilified as “terrorists,” facing 10-year prison terms. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Kill Crocs Humanely And Rename The Birkin, Jane Birkin Tells Hermès 29.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Would the slow, bloody death of an alligator put you off the most desirable bag in the world? If you're Jane Birkin, the answer is yes.  The actress and muse has requested that luxury fashion house Hermès rename its iconic crocodile Birkin bag after she read PETA's report of cruel slaughtering practices.   The report alleges that the alligators and crocodiles whose skins go into the bags live out their short lives in inhumane conditions. PETA claims the scaly beasts wriggle in agony for hours after their attempted slaughter. Birkin doesn't want such practices associated with her name.  "Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermes handbags carrying my name ... I have asked Hermes to debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place,"  Birkin said in a statement.  It's quite a change of heart for the woman who inspired the most famous bag in the world.  Birkin inspired the bag's design  during ...
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Oh, the Places You'll (Never) Go! 28.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Animals played starring roles in most of Dr. Seuss' works, so it's a treat for many people to see another book featuring animals, What Pet Should I Get?, published decades after his death. The publishers honored the kind author by including a PETA-requested addendum urging families who are considering welcoming animals into their homes and hearts to adopt, not shop, for them. But there is more to be said. Every dog or cat bred by a breeder or sold at a pet store means that another animal waiting in a shelter is doomed. As one of the demo signs outside a pet breeders' conference read, "If you buy, a pound puppy will die." Millions of healthy, social dogs and cats are euthanized every year simply because they have nowhere to go. By going to a shelter to adopt, you're saving a life. When Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss was his pen name) wrote in the 1950s, it was impossible to foresee the enormous animal overpopulation and homelessness crisis to come. Back then, not very many people knew of the problems ...
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Beyond PETA : SeaWorld Spy Also Attended 2014 Orca Conference 23.7.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group, Called for Grabbing "Pitchforks & Torches" 15.7.2015 Democracy Now!
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the popular animal theme park SeaWorld of infiltrating its organization by sending an employee on an undercover mission posing as an animal rights activist. According to PETA, the SeaWorld employee took part in numerous PETA protests against SeaWorld, including one at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena when he was arrested along with other activists. One photo posted on Twitter showed him inside a police van along with other arrested activists. PETA activists knew the man as Thomas Jones, but his real name was Paul McComb. Unlike the other activists arrested that day, he was released without charge. His name never appeared on an arrest sheet. According to PETA, McComb also repeatedly used social media in an effort to incite other activists, stating that it's time to "grab pitchforks and torches" and time to "burn [SeaWorld] to the ground." We speak to Matthew Strugar, director of litigation for the PETA Foundation; PETA volunteer Hal Weiss; and ...
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PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group, Called for Grabbing "Pitchforks & Torches" 15.7.2015 Democracy Now!
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the popular animal theme park SeaWorld of infiltrating its organization by sending an employee on an undercover mission posing as an animal rights activist. According to PETA, the SeaWorld employee took part in numerous PETA protests against SeaWorld, including one at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena when he was arrested along with other activists. One photo posted on Twitter showed him inside a police van along with other arrested activists. PETA activists knew the man as Thomas Jones, but his real name was Paul McComb. Unlike the other activists arrested that day, he was released without charge. His name never appeared on an arrest sheet. According to PETA, McComb also repeatedly used social media in an effort to incite other activists, stating that it's time to "grab pitchforks and torches" and time to "burn [SeaWorld] to the ground." We speak to Matthew Strugar, director of litigation for the PETA Foundation; PETA volunteer Hal Weiss; and ...
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Busted: SeaWorld's Corporate Espionage Against Animal Rights Movement 15.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group 15.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the popular animal theme park SeaWorld of infiltrating its organization by sending an employee on an undercover mission posing as an animal rights activist. According to PETA, the SeaWorld employee took part in numerous PETA protests against SeaWorld, including one at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena when he was arrested along with other activists. One photo posted on Twitter showed him inside a police van along with other arrested activists. PETA activists knew the man as Thomas Jones, but his real name was Paul McComb. Unlike the other activists arrested that day, he was released without charge. His name never appeared on an arrest sheet. According to PETA, McComb also repeatedly used social media in an effort to incite other activists, stating that it's time to "grab pitchforks and torches" and time to burn SeaWorld to the ground. We speak to Matthew Strugar, director of litigation for the PETA Foundation; PETA volunteer Hal Weiss; and Will ...
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PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group, Called for Grabbing "Pitchforks & Torches" 15.7.2015 Democracy Now!
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the popular animal theme park SeaWorld of infiltrating its organization by sending an employee on an undercover mission posing as an animal rights activist. According to PETA, the SeaWorld employee took part in numerous PETA protests against SeaWorld, including one at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena when he was arrested along with other activists. One photo posted on Twitter showed him inside a police van along with other arrested activists. PETA activists knew the man as Thomas Jones, but his real name was Paul McComb. Unlike the other activists arrested that day, he was released without charge. His name never appeared on an arrest sheet. According to PETA, McComb also repeatedly used social media in an effort to incite other activists, stating that it's time to "grab pitchforks and torches" and time to burn SeaWorld to the ground. We speak to Matthew Strugar, director of litigation for the PETA Foundation; PETA volunteer Hal Weiss; and Will ...
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Radical Time Capsule: After 14 Years, FBI Returns Computers to Buffalo Bookstore Owner 14.7.2015 Truthout.com
A long time ago I gifted a worn and rather worthless car to a friend. Though he intended to nurse my old hooptie back to life, he wound up abandoning it. Years later I stumbled upon the car, embalmed in bird droppings and wrapped in vines, tucked away in another friend's backyard. Finding it was like finding a time capsule, ripe with artifacts from my prior life, reemerging like a ghost after two decades.  My reunion with my old car offers, at best, a poor analogy for what Buffalo bookstore owner Leslie James Pickering must be experiencing right now. But luckily for me, it's the best one I can come up with. When I try to empathize with Pickering, this is all I have to work with.  Pickering just received a shipment from his prior life, by way of the FBI. A decade and a half ago, Pickering lived in Portland, Oregon. He, along with his friend, Craig Rosebraugh, operated from their house what can best be described as a not-for-profit public relations agency. Their outfit operated much like many large ...
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